German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks during a news conference with Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch
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Germany and Turkey Wednesday resumed bilateral government consultations that had been suspended after Ankara's arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel in February 2017, an issue that continues to divide the two NATO allies.German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu earlier this month pledged to improve a relationship that soured amid disputes over Ankara's crackdown following the failed 2016 coup and the arrests of German citizens in Turkey.Germany, home to some 3 million people with a Turkish background, remains critical of Turkey's post-coup arrests of some 50,000 people, and the suspension or firing of 150,000 others, including teachers, judges and soldiers.Gabriel has vowed to block major arms sales to Turkey until Yucel's case is resolved.
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